For many years, the Oneida County Sheriff's Office has offered a Scared Straight program to younger people as an alternative to incarceration. In 2011, the sheriff's Scared Straight program had 86 attendees, 63 of which were males and 23 were females.
Earlier this year, Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol was contacted by the nationally-recognized weekly program, "Beyond Scared Straight," that airs on the A&E Network on Thursday nights. With the success of the Scared Straight program in Oneida County, the Oneida County Sheriff's Office program was chosen to be featured on one of the nationally televised segments on A&E.
The episode featuring the Oneida County Sheriff's program aired on December 27th on the A&E Network. The episode included several male participants who went through the program at the county jail. The episode will air again on Thursday, January 10 at 11 PM and on Friday, January 11 at 3 AM. There is a second episode featuring the Oneida County Correctional Facility that will air later in 2013.